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Let me start by saying, this is not a healthier version of my favorite granola.  That is obvious by the title, right?  But, that is definitely not the point of this recipe!  The main point of this recipe is to make an ordinary breakfast something truly celebratory for the holiday season.  And, of course, it is very yummy.

Christmas Cookie Granola

Mix together in a large bowl:

6 c. rolled oats (or 4 c. rolled oats and 2 c. puffed brown rice)

1 c. chopped nuts

1 c. dried, unsweetened, coconut

In a medium sauce pan:

Melt 1 stick of butter

1/2 cup of honey or real maple syrup

1/3 cup water

2 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. almond extract (if it works with your cookies)

After your cooked granola is cooled:

1 – 2 c. (or more if you are feeling really festive :)) Christmas Cookie crumbles (Just take which ever Christmas cookie you are willing to sacrifice for making granola :), and pulse it in your food processor until you have crumbles the size you like)

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.  Dump the wet ingredients into the dry (but not the cookies, yet), and mix until everything is combined.  Pour the granola into a 9 x 13 pan.  Cook your granola for about an hour, stirring every ten minutes (set a timer to remind yourself, or you will have very unevenly cooked granola).  Turn the oven off, and leave the granola inside to cool and crisp.  When your granola is cool, add in your cookie crumbles and store in an airtight container.

This makes quite a bit of granola, so if you will want to cut the recipe in half if you are feeding fewer people than me :).

You can eat this like cereal, by itself with milk.  You could also sprinkle it on your yogurt or over ice cream for a dessert.  I plan to use some as a topping for a Peach Raspberry Cobbler I will be making for breakfast this week.

Merry Christmas!

If you have never made granola before, Katie at Kitchen Stewardship has fabulous step-by-step instructions with pictures here.

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Homemade granola bars are one of my favorite things to bake.  I serve them for breakfast, lunch and snacks.  Making a 9 x 13 pan of granola bars will serve us for lunch one day and breakfast the next.  Love it. 

As usual, this recipe is very forgiving and very versatile – use what you have and what you like.

Homemade Granola Bars

by Blessed Roots Farm (https://blessedrootsblog.wordpress.com)

2 cups quick cooking oats

2 cups rolled oats

2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/2 cups add-ins (we love raisins or dried cranberries and chocolate chips)

1 cup combination of flax seeds, flax meal, sesame seeds and/or dried coconut

1 cup chopped nuts

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled

1/2 cup all natural peanut butter

3/4 – 1 cup honey

2 eggs

3 tsp. vanilla extract

Splash of milk, if needed

1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Butter the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan using the wrapper from your stick of butter. 

2.  In a large bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients.

3.  In a small pot on the stove top, melt the butter over a low heat.  Remove from heat.  Stir in peanut butter, honey and vanilla.

4.  Add the eggs and other wet ingredients to the dry mixture and stir to combine.  Make sure everything is moist, but not wet.  If you need to add a little more honey or a splash of milk to make everything moist, do so now.

5.  Dump the contents into your greased baking pan.  Press the mixture into the pan.

6.  Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until done.

Enjoy!

I am sharing this recipe this week with the following:

Melt in Your Mouth Mondays

Meatless Mondays

These Chicks Cooked

Full Plate Thursday

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It was darn hard for me to control my urges and not dive into my stack of freshly printed new recipes this week.  I am dying to try them all!  However, Jason will be home for one dinner this week.  Now is not the time to try six new recipes.  Way too much effort with zero guarantee of appreciation.  I’ll have to hold myself back and just try two.  And, we have a birthday girl this week who gets to choose every meal on her special day!

BREAKFASTS:

Yogurt with fruit and homemade granola, clementines x 2

Oatmeal or granola with blueberries x 2

Vanilla Spice Smoothies, cereal bars

Baked Oatmeal, Maple Icing

Blueberry Coffee Cake (Birthday Girl pick)

LUNCHES:

Black Bean Quesadillas, veggies and dip

Baked or sweet potatoes, green beans, apples and peanut butter

Morning Glory Muffins (new recipe #1 – I’ll let you know what I think), fruit, raw milk cheddar cheese

Homemade Granola Bars (I really should post this recipe someday), veggies and dip

PB & J, veggies and dip, apples

Egg Salad Sandwiches, tortilla chips, fruit (Birthday Girl pick)

DINNERS:

Lentils and Spinach, fruit

Swedish Meatballs (new recipe #2 – beyond excited to have found a real food recipe for these!!), brown rice, broccoli

Spaghetti with marinara sauce, spinach salad

Cream of Spinach Soup, bread, fruit

Pinto Bean Bowls (basically beans and traditional taco toppings in a bowl and tortilla chips as the spoons – very fun meal), tortilla chips

Pizza and Movie Night (Jason and I are going to a fundraiser and Nana is in charge), spinach salad

Tuna Crescents, peas, applesauce, CAKE AND ICE CREAM!!!!! (Birthday Girl pick)

So, that is the plan.  Life rarely goes as planned.  But I will be majorly disappointed if life interrupts my Swedish Meatballs.

Hop over to Menu Plan Monday and see what everyone else has cooking!

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Pumpkin Spice Granola

Homemade granola is a breakfast staple at our house.  I decided to veer from our usual recipe this week to creat something new.  The results are delicious and perfect for the cooler weather ahead.

PUMPKIN SPICE GRANOLA

by Blessed Roots Farm

6 C. rolled oats

1/2 c. white whole wheat flour

1/2 c. unsweetened shredded coconut

1 c. chopped walnuts (finely chopped at our house or people pick them out :))

1/4 c. anything else you like (sesame seeds, flax seeds, wheat germ, more nuts . . .)

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp. allspice

1/2 c. butter, melted

1/2 c. honey

1/2 c. pumpkin puree

2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  In a small sauce pan, melt your butter and stir in the other liquid ingredients.  Pour the liquid butter mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until everything is moist.  Pour into a large pan (I use my roasting pan so I don’t flip it over the sides while stirring.) and evenly distribute.  Bake in your preheated oven, stirring every 10 minutes until you reach your desired level of “brown” – probably about 40-60 minutes.

Let the granola cool completely before storing.  Adding dried cranberries to the finished product sounds like an excellent idea, as well.

For more recipe inspiration, join me at Tasty Tuesday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Real Food Wednesday, Full Plate Thursday, and Fresh Bites Friday.

Enjoy!

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